My first year at Bennington, I thought I was going to be a philosophy major.

My first philosophy class was Existentialism. I know that. The other philosophy classes I took I can’t remember, or, perhaps, I didn’t take any more. And who can say why! It’s impressive in certain circles when I say I read Being and Nothingness, despite the fact I can’t remember a single thing about it (of course, I leave that part out.) I remember a lot of Thus Spoke Zarathustra and I read the character of Garcin in Sartre’s No Exit out loud in class. I know how to pronounce Sartre correctly, so at least I left with something.

Somewhere along the way I must have tired of philosophy. I think it was around the time all of my classmates were taking “The Philosophy of Love and Friendship” and became all chummy that I strayed. Looking back, I realize my exclusion of this class during my academic career was a mistake. This mistake has completely colored my  social and dating life. Love and friendship confuse me. It reminds me of a line from Elaine Dundy: “Someone will say or do something that strikes me as odd and my whole world falls apart.” I was turned onto Dundy by my lovely friend Risa. Her blog is named after a line from a Lorrie Moore novel.
Anyway, I’m getting away from myself.

Tonight is the premiere of THE PHILOSOPHER KINGS.

This movie is great. But, you don’t have to take my word for it. Read some of these reviews:

“Instead he’s crafted a hypnotic, moving paean to the complex lives of his subjects, a half-dozen custodians at institutions of higher learning all across the country.” – LA WEEKLY

“Powerful and inspirational.” – LAist

Check out more on their website.
Tonight and tomorrow after both 7:30 and 10:00pm screenings there will be a Q&A with the director and members of the cast. There will also be a rooftop reception/after party. So, come say hello to Valentine, Gus, Danny and Jarred. They’ll be working tonight, or say hi to me and Emily and the rest of us who will be working tomorrow.

We want you to see this film. We want you to love this film.

Also, the first five people who mention “Twitter” to us tomorrow night will get two free tickets to the 7:30 screening and access to our rooftop for the after party.

We hope to see you all!



What is Marmaduke?

May 19, 2010

Over the weekend Jay and I were driving and we were at a stop light in Downtown and next to us was the 92 bus, with an advertisement plastered to the side for the upcoming film Marmaduke, allegedly based on the newspaper comic of the same name. I turned to Jay and I asked, “What is – Marmaduke?”

“What’s Marmaduke?!” He screamed, “What do you mean ‘What’s Marmaduke?!'”

“What do you mean what do I mean? It sounds familiar, but I don’t know what it is.  What is it?”

“Didn’t you ever read the funny pages in the newspaper?” He asked.

“What are the ‘funny pages?’ I said. “The Op Eds?

After much research I’ve discovered that Marmaduke is a dog who is lazy, sexually promiscuous, selfish, often cruel, usually unable to do basic everyday tasks, and who likes to eat and sleep a lot. In short, he is me, but a dog.

These characteristics of a person, let alone a dog, do not a movie make.

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Speaking of newspapers, here are a few local items I found of interest, with some brief commentary:

At least they got to keep the beehive.

  • “About 40 dead fish have been found floating on the surface of Echo Park Lake over the weekend” – What is killing the fish in Echo Park Lake, The Eastsider LA

It sounds like Dante’s Peak, but this is Los Angeles – so, maybe more Volcano?

Hugh? Help?

After two years, I had to move from downtown to nearby Highland Park, I am still downtown every day (really, every day) and frequent most if not all of the businesses offering downtowner discounts. I want an honorary resident card!

Yes, please.

AND, look below for a glimpse of some of the exciting things coming soon at DTI:

View all of our upcoming events on our website.

I’ll be back tomorrow with more, or, maybe, a little less.